Our social media campaign is now live! It's the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, focusing on FASD prevention and awareness.
We all play an important role in FASD prevention. A multi-pronged approach is necessary to effectively address FASD. fasdNL has developed a cohesive FASD prevention and awareness campaign in an effort to increase support and increase dialogue surrounding individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Our Atlantic-wide campaign addresses FASD prevention and awareness with an approach that is strength-based and supported by evidence. We at fasdNL recognize the stigma that is attached to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. A goal of this campaign is to address the stigma associated with FASD by promoting public awareness and by delivering accurate and consistent information along with re-framing the issue to include partners, friends, and family members. In doing so, we aim to highlight the ways we can all support healthy pregnancies rather than placing the burden on women alone.
Learn more about fasdAtlantic: Prevention and Awareness Campaign
fasdNL is leading a three-year FASD prevention, awareness, and training collaborative action project in Atlantic Canada. Our project is the first Atlantic-wide FASD prevention and awareness social media campaign. By using social media, our campaign can reach diverse age groups in urban, rural, and northern remote parts of Atlantic Canada. You can participate by sharing our social media (@fasdNL) campaign posters on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is the leading cause of acquired developmental disability affecting more Canadians than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome combined.
Despite its prevalence, there is still ongoing limited capacity for the diagnosis and support for the approximately 93,000 individuals in Atlantic Canada impacted by FASD. Effective FASD interventions and supports from infancy to childhood can dramatically improve someone's quality of life.
Why now? Because FASD happens here.
Learn more about Prevention and Awareness Resources
Learn more about the Toward Prevention FASD Atlantic Project led by fasdNL
Government of Canada Invests in FASD Prevention, June 2021:
"Today's investment will support fasdNL's work to increase knowledge of FASD, help reduce drinking during pregnancy, and promote positive health and social outcomes for people with FASD." - The Honourable Patty Had, Minister of Health
Watch the announcement here with remarks by Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame, Newfoundland and Labrador, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and Katharine Dunbar Winsor, fasdNL Executive Director.
We gratefully acknowledge our project collaborators the New Brunswick FASD Centre of Excellence, Kids First Association (in Nova Scotia), Mi’kmaq Family Resource Centre (on Prince Edward Island), Daybreak Parent Child Centre (in Newfoundland and Labrador) and the Exploits Valley Community Coalition (in Newfoundland and Labrador).